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11 February

Are We Moving Fast Enough Toward Solar-Wind-Water-Geothermal-Biomass?

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Allow me to share with you the finalized data from FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) for U.S. Energy Infrastructure Update for 2013.  Some of the key findings from Office of Energy Projects-Energy Infrastructure Update of U.S. by 2013 from FERC are presented in the two tables below:

U.S. New Generation In-Service Power Capacity During 2013, Data Made Available By FERC

1. U.S. New Generation In-Service (New Build and Expansion), Jan.-Dec. of 2013 Chart: On horizontal axis, 10 top sources of new U.S. power capacity (in 2013) are ranked in terms of Newly Installed Capacity (MW) during 2013, in the order from: 1st being Natural Gas (7,270 MW), 2nd is Solar (2,936 MW), 3rd is Coal (1,543 MW), 4th is Wind (1,129 MW), 5th is Biomass (777 MW), 6th is Water (378 MW), 7th is Waste Heat (76 MW), 8th is Geothermal Steam (59 MW), 9th is Oil (38 MW), 10th is Nuclear (0 MW).

Even though Solar’s rank of 2 is impressive from the above chart, in reality the actual solar power capacity generated during 2013 is much greater than 2,936 MW. If you’d refer to FERC’s key findings from Office of Energy Projects-Energy Infrastructure Update of U.S. by 2013 from FERC , you would realize that the 2,936 MW did not include the distributed solar (rooftop solar power systems) installed in 2013. Various sources indicated that California added more rooftop solar capacity in 2013 than in the past 30 years combined . As the distributed solar will continue to play an increasingly significant role in solar capacity generation, such data needs to be included in the calculation in the future in order to provide a more complete picture.

U.S. Total Installed Operating Generating Capacity (GW) By Dec. of 2013, Data Made Available By FERC

2. U.S. Total Installed Operating Generating Capacity By December of 2013 Chart: On horizontal axis, 10 top sources of total U.S. power capacity by 2013 are ranked in terms of Total Installed Capacity (GW) up to December of 2013, in the order from: 1st being Natural Gas (487.21 GW), 2nd is Coal (333.43 GW), 3rd is Nuclear (107.32 GW), 4th is Water (97.88 GW),  5th is Wiind (60.29 GW), 6th is Oil (47.03 GW), 7th is Biomass (15.74 GW), 8th is Solar (7.42 GW), 9th is Geothermal Steam (3.83 GW), 10th is Waste Heat (1.13 GW).

The second table above reminds us that despite how much renewable energy has grown in U.S., the total installed operating generating capacity from renewable such as solar, water,geothermal, biomass, and wind only add up to about 15% of the total U.S. installed operating generating capacity as of 2013.  Solar only represents 0.64% and wind represents 5.2% of the total U.S. installed operating generating capacity as of 2013.  Renewable Energy is still in its early stage of its evolution. In 2014 solar power is projected to have another year of record growth. To this I say: we surely need it!

Flood at Key Heaven as a result of Hurricane Wilma (Author Marc Averette, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Flood of Toowoomba (Author Kingbob86, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of my friends, acquaintances, and relatives find it puzzling why I would be so anxious while optimistic about the Solar/Renewable future.  The two tables above truly reflect my state of mind toward current state of affair: optimistic with exponential growth of Solar Capacity (table 1) while anxiously worried about millions of people who will be losing their homes as a result of climate change (this would be the case if Clean and/or Renewable Energy takes up such a small percentage of the overall total power capacity as demonstrated in table 2 above )….we need to move toward Renewable…toward Solar-Wind-Water-Geothermal-Biomass much faster….in order to avoid more of what is likely to come……for millions and millions of people on planet earth…..

Let’s maintain our optimism in moving forward. We need to optimize the most effective incentive policy to drive all Renewables forward…be it Solar-Wind-Water-Geothermal-Biomass….in order to prevent millions and millions of people in becoming homeless in the decades to come…..

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18 October

SOLAR SPIRIT 3 of TAFE South Australia Is Wonderfully Comfortable !

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This is an interview with a team member David of TAFE SA Solar Spirit team of TAFE South Australia University at World Solar Challenge 2013 at Hindmarsh Square of Adelaide, Australia. SOLAR SPIRIT 3 is an extremely comfortable car to be sitting in. I can now attest to that fact. Below is the interview conducted inside SOLAR SPIRT 3 of TAFE SA:

TAFE SA stands for Technical and Further Education South Australia at: www.tafesa.edu.au Below is description/explanation of TAFE SA from their web site.

TAFE SA is the largest provider of vocational education and training (VET) in South Australia delivering more than 1000 courses to an average of 80,000 students per year at our campuses across the State. TAFE SA offers training across more than 80 activity and industry-related areas with a wide range of quality courses and flexible study options to suit your personal needs. TAFE SA plays a major role in the development of South Australia’s future workforce with 88% of students employed or in further study after graduating. In building the State’s skill base, TAFE SA works with industry and business to deliver relevant, high-quality, vocational education and training to better link skills and training with job opportunities, ensuring sustainable employment within the state.

SOLAR SPIRIT 3 at the finish point of World Solar Challenge 2013, at Adelaide, Australia (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

SOLAR SPIRIT 3 at the starting point of World Solar Challenge 2013, in front of the Parliament House of Darwin, Australia (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

SOLAR SPIRIT 3 of TAFE South Australia is a very comfortable solar car drive or sit in (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building solar car is part of the curriculum for students at TAFE South Australia University. Students at TAFE should be proud of what they have accomplished and be thankful for this opportunity to advance their skills in green technology of solar car building as I am thankful for being able to sit in this wonderfully comfortable vehicle to conduct this interview.

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17 October

Why Cambridge Withdrew From World Solar Challenge 2013

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RESOLUTION of UK's CUER (Cambridge University Eco Racing) team after a crash that damaged some solar panels in the right front portion of the RESOLUTION, contributed to its instability, and prevented it from participating in the race (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

The only entrant in the trans-continental World Solar Challenge 2013 from Britain was Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) team. This year, CUER team entered the race with an innovative design, RESOLUTION, with tilted solar panels and the body shape of a torpedo.  RESOLUTION is named after the HMS Resolution,

HMS Resolution by Henry Roberts

in which Captain James Cook made his second voyage of exploration to the South Pacific to search for the fabled Terra Australis. This ship was the successor to HMS Endeavour. HMS Resolution performed some remarkable feats, becoming the first ship in the world to cross the Antarctic Circle, exactly 240 years ago (in 1773) setting a record for the furthest southern latitude ever explored. So, CUER’s RESOLUTION is a name that reflects spirit of adventure, exploration and determination. Below, is a video clip of the making of CUER’s RESOLUTION:


Unfortunately, this daring design experienced a  crash before the time trials (to determine the grid positions of all solar cars in the race). While the vehicle was operable after the crash, the team could not be assured of the safety of its solar car drivers as a result of tests conducted after crash repairs, indicating “revealed new dynamic instabilities, which we have not been able to fix in the time we have left before the race.”

However, in this race where the emphasis is place on collaboration and learning, there are many positives and lessons that can be taken from this year’s event for CUER, listed in an official statement provided by the team:

First and foremost, our engineers have ensured that our drivers have been safe at all times, with the car’s crash structure performing as designed in the event of an accident. Secondly, Resolution produced its best ever results while testing in Australia, indicating that CUER would have been on target to be competitive. Additionally, we have developed several new and innovative technologies over this design cycle: the tracking plate, flexible fairings, and concentrator systems – all of which will stand CUER in good stead for future competitions. And finally: Resolution has been an inspiration – to us; to the many members of the public who have been able to see her displayed; and to the next generation of engineers.

To this, I would simply add that RESOLUTION is a daring design because of its short axle track (between the two front wheel).  The axle track in automobiles and other wheeled vehicles which have two or more wheels on an axle, is the distance between the centerline of two roadwheels on the same axle, each on the other side of the vehicle. After practicing yoga, gymnastics,  martial arts for decades, intuitively I would sense that vehicles with shorter track distance (all other conditions are the same) would be more susceptible to rollover under windy condition or turning at corners/curves.

At this point, please allow me to share some information on basic dynamics and vehicles with you:

  1. All vehicles are susceptible to rollovers to various extents. Generally, the higher the center of mass, the narrower the axle track,

    Track (measured between center line of wheels, credit: Wikimedia Commons)

    the more sensitive the steering, and the higher the speed, the more likely a vehicle is to roll over.

  2. Vehicle rollovers are divided into two categories: tripped and untripped. Tripped rollovers are caused by forces from an external object, such as a curb or a collision with another vehicle. Untripped crashes are the result of steering input, speed, and friction with the ground.
  3. In an event without forces from an external object, untripped rollovers occur when cornering forces destabilize the vehicle. As a vehicle rounds a corner, three forces act on it: tire forces (the centripetal force), inertial effects (the centrifugal force), and gravity. The cornering forces from the tire push the vehicle towards the center of the curve. This force acts at ground level, below the center of mass. The force of inertia acts horizontally through the vehicle’s center of mass away from the center of the turn. These two forces make the vehicle roll towards the outside of the curve. The force of the vehicle’s weight acts downward through the center of mass in the opposite direction. When the tire and inertial forces are enough to overcome the force of gravity, the vehicle starts to turn over.

Having a wider axle track is analogous to a yogi having a wider stance. This would lead to more stability for the yogi’s position (with feet instead of wheels). So it stands to reason that having a shorter axle track (as seen above in RESOLUTION of UK’s CUER team) would lead to less stable stance for a solar car.

Once again, allow me to point out that World Solar Challenge is a solar car race that is focused on collaboration and learning.  I can assure you that all members of the CUER team has learned a great deal in preparation for World Solar Challenge 2013 and in having participated in this race. They have good reason to proudly hold their heads up high,

Team member of CUER team of UK walking along side of RESOLUTION, waving and looking forward to becoming a stronger contestant in WSC 2015. (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net)

waving, and looking forward to becoming a stronger contestant for World Solar Challenge 2015. As Captain Cook would have done so, holding his head up high and continued on with his voyages, searching. As all solar innovators would have done so, after multitude of defeats, we’d continue on, searching for a better, cheaper, cleaner, safer way of lighting up/powering the world, regardless what obstacles had been placed before us.

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16 October

Interview With Chris Selwood, Event Organizer of Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2013

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I was very fortunate to have caught up with Chris Selwood, the event organizer of World Solar Challenge 2013, at Hindmarsh Square in Adelaide, Australia, to chat about this once-every-two-year event. This year, about 40 teams from 23 countries participated in Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2013 to cross 3000 km between Darwin and Adelaide, Australia.

Mr. Selwood shed some light on the history of World Solar Challenge, its purpose, its growth, its future, and the opportunities it provides for companies such as Google and others for recruitment.  This event is well supported by enthusiastic energy and fantastic talents for our transition into the future of renewable/solar energy world. We look forward to a bright future for World Solar Challenge and Solar Energy. We hope many companies will help to support and tap into the wealth of human resources at this event. Please view this interview with Mr. Chris Selwood, below:


Take a look at the list of sponsors for World Solar Challenge 2013 and consider becoming part of the list for future events (by contacting: admin@worldsolarchallenge.org)so we can insure the continuation of this optimistically energized event that helps to drive our vehicles toward the Solar Energy Future.

Here is another interview with Mr. Chris Selwood back in 2011.

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15 October

Chat About The Massive Solar Progress With Dr. Bill Parker During World Solar Challenge 2013

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Sun Through The Cloud (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

On the sixth day of the World Solar Challenge 2013, solar car race, I met up with Dr. Bill Parker, a veteran of solar energy industry and academics for over two decades and the editor of “Solar Progress” magazine. Dr. Parker’s career spans both the academic and business worlds. He was trained in bacteriology and is currently a director of a biotechnology company in Perth, Australia. His interest in solar energy began in the late 1980s with establishment of a solar energy information center in Perth, and became the director and manager of the center. He was also involved with the Australian Solar Council (aka ANZSES) at one time and was/is an editor of the magazine “Solar Progress”. He lives in a passive solar house that he built and looks forward to the future when all homes are entirely energy self sufficient.

During the interview, Dr. Parker touches upon the exponential growth of solar industry in recent decades, the importance of incentive policy in influencing the spread of use of solar energy, how critical the distributed solar power is for regions such as the Outback, how necessary it is to have enlightened power companies in establishing and educating the general public on the use of solar energy, incorporation of feed-in-tariff and community solar gardens, and last but not the least: the active participation from the people in requesting and working with the government for the smooth transition into solar energy age. Below, is this interview with Dr. Bill Parker:


 

Solar Progress is both a printed and online magazine. For a look of a sample issue of Solar Progress, please visit:  http://issuu.com/commstrat/docs/solar_iss2_2013_sample

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sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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14 October

“Change To Solar, It Is The Energy of The Future!” Cheered by Jane Lindsay

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Solar is the energy of the future! Solar energy world is represented by people of all age groups, gender, and socioeconomic background. Just a quick post and video to share with you the joy and  heart warming story of Jane Lindsay, a 50-year-old Registered Homeopath whose wish for her 50th birthday was to be able to drive a solar car. Below, in the video, you’re able to see Jane after her return from the World Solar Challenge 2013 at Hindmarsh Square of Adelaide, Australia, as the Solar Car Driver for ARROW1 of Team Arrow

ARROW1 of Team Arrow of QUT (Queensland University of Technology) (Australia)(credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)



of QUT (Queensland University of Technology) . You are also welcomed to click on the red link Jane Lindsay above to find out more of Jane’s other hopes and dreams. More topics from World Solar Challenge 2013 will surface. Please get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on World Solar Challenge 2013 and solar energy topics:

 

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13 October

World Solar Challenge 2013 Final Results

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Here is the final results you’ve all been waiting for, regarding World Solar Challenge 2013 (official release from World Solar Challenge 2013):

The Dutch have dominated this year’s 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Having already won the elite Challenger Class title when team NUNA7 of Nuon Solar Team

 

 

NUNA7 of Nuon Solar Team of Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) came in First of the Challenger Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (credit: World Solar Challenge 2013)

crossed the line first on Thursday (Oct. 10, 2013), Stella of Team Eindhoven

STELLA of Solar Team Eindhoven of Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) came in First for Cruiser Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

made it two from two winning the Cruiser Class category announced tonight at the Awards Ceremony in Adelaide.  With a score of 97.5% to Eindhoven it was perhaps closer than the Dutch had predicted, with Germany’s Hochschule Bochum team

POWERCORE SUNCRUISER of Hochschule Bochum SolarCar Team of Univ of Applied Sciences Bochum (Germany) (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

a close second on 93.9%, in turn just beating Australia’s UNSW Sunswift team who scored 92.3% in

EVE of UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift of Univ of NSW ( Australia) (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

third place.  The Cruiser class was judged on the key criteria of solar kilometres travelled; passenger kilometres; speed; energy efficiency; and a subjective element of design and practicality.  Of the eight Cruisers built especially for the Australian event, four completed the 3020 kilometres on full solar power, the University of Minnesota from the USA

DAEDALUS of University of MN (USA) (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

joining the ranks with the Dutch, German and Australian teams, taking out fourth place with 79.2%.  Each of the top teams had differing strategic approaches to the contest. Eindhoven being a four seater car easily accounted for the most passenger kilometres; Bochum were the most energy efficient, and UNSW Sunswift were the fastest to the finish line.  Final judging occurred on Saturday afternoon with the expert panel assessing characteristics such as: ease of access; comfort; controls; features; style; ease of charging, overall desirability; road registration; parking and cargo space. Judges put the cars through their paces on the finish line. Teams were tested for their parking skills, their ability to load the trunk with numerous suitcases and the ultimate cargo test – could the Aussie esky also be stowed the right way up in the trunk?  The judging panel spent hours deliberating final scores with the topl three cruisers all shining in their own right. Team Bochum’s Powercore Suncruiser scored high on accessibility and desirability and Sunswift’s ‘EVE’ was the most stylish. In the end it came down to just five points between the three top teams with the world’s first four seater solar family car , ‘STELLA’ taking the honours.  The remaining four cruisers completed the Challenge with a combination of solar kilometres and trailer kilometres: Goko High School from Japan (2288 km);

KAITON II of GoKo High School (Japan) (Credit:sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Apollo from Taiwan (1558);

APOLLO Cruiser Solar Car of National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences (Taiwan) (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Australia’s TAFE SA (1469)

SOLAR SPIRIT 3 of TAFE SA Solar Spirit of TAFE South Australia (Australia) (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

and University of Calgary (719)

 

SCHULICH DELTA of Univ of Calgary (Canada) (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Event Director Chris Selwood said that after more than 3,000 kilometres it was perhaps fitting, in a category that was intended to bridge the gap between high-end technology and driving practicality, that the results would come down to practical design and the ability to appeal to every day drivers.

“I congratulate Team Eindhoven on their innovation, practical design, and foresight, to think outside the square and add the extra seats. ‘STELLA‘ is a wonderful solar car in a field of exceptional cars and teams. I look forward to 2015 and the prospect of more cruisers as we work toward the world’s most efficient electric car,” Chris said.

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Top 4 of each of the three classes, below:

Challenger Class

  1. NUNA7 of Nuon Solar Team of Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), image above
  2. TOKAI CHALLENGER of Tokai University (Japan)
  3. THE RED ENGINE of Solar Team Twente of University of Twente and Saxion, University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands)
  4. LUMINOS of Stanford Solar Car Project of Stanford University (USA)

Cruiser Class

  1. STELLA of Solar Team Eindhoven of Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)
  2. POWERCORE SUNCRUISER of Hochschule Bochum SolarCar Team of University of Applied Sciences Bochum (Germany)
  3. EVE of UNSW Solar Racing Team-Sunswift of University of NSW (Australia)
  4. DAEDALUS of University of Minnesota (USA)

Adventure Class

  1. AURORA EVOLUTION of Aurora Vehicle Association (Australia)
  2. INTIKALLPA 2 of Antakari of Universidad de La Serena y Minera Los Pelambres (Chile)
  3. SIKAT II of SIKAT Solar Philippines (Philippines)
  4. SOPHIE IV of IVE Solar Car Team of Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Hong Kong)

More development will be brought forward as more topics for World Solar Challenge will be posted. Keep checking back www.sunisthefuture.net for more !

Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on World Solar Challenge 2013 and solar energy topics:

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12 October

World Solar Challenge 2013 Event Updates

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Updates from World Solar Challenge 2013, below:

38 TEAMS SHINE IN ADELAIDE Adelaide turned on the sun today to welcome home all teams from the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.  It was a journey of adventure and endurance across 3,000 gruelling kilometres. Teams faced adversity, for some such as Cambridge from the UK the challenge was over before it

RESOLUTION of Cambridge University Eco Racing Team (UK) of Challenger Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

HI-TECH of Hachinohe Institute of Technology (Japan) in Adventure Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: World Solar Challenge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

began, having gotten their solar cars to Darwin only to be faced with the reality of not being able to compete. For others the strong wind gusts, dust storms, rolling spinifex and sheer distance proved too much.  Regardless of their placing, all teams had reason to celebrate their achievements and were given a rousing reception and their moment in the sun on the official finish line at Hindmarsh Square in Adelaide.  In the Challenger class, Onda Solare from Italy in their solar car Emilia 3,

EMILIA 3 of Universita Di Bologna's Onda Solare Team (Italy) in Challenger Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunishefuture.net)

made the 3020 kilometres under solar power for the first time crossing the finish line at 4.25 pm on Friday putting them into the top ten. In the Adventure Class, Team Antakari from Chile also made the distance under

ANTIKALLPA 2 of Antakari Team of Universidad de La Serena y Minera Los Pelambres (Chile) in Adventure Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: World Solar Challenge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

full solar power crossing at 9.31am Saturday morning which put them in second place in their class.  With 22 countries competing in Australia for the event, the Challenge welcomed first timers: China, Sweden, Indonesia, and Colombia.

SUN SHUTTLE of Beijing Institute of Technology (China) in Challenger Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

 

NATURAL MAGIC ENERGY of Ju Solar System Jonkopoing University (Sweden)'s first entry at World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

 

SAPU ANGIN SURYA of ITS Solar Car Team of Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Surabaya (Indonesia) in Challenger Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

 

PRIMAVERA of EAFIT-EPM Solar Car Team of EAFIT University (Colombia) in Challenger Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China’s entrant from the Beijing Institute of Technology, Sun Shuttle, was welcomed into Adelaide today, having recorded 1398 solar kilometres. Colombia’s Universidad EAFIT Empress Publicas de Medelin, in their solar car Primavera, recorded 2505 solar kilometres; The Jonkoping University team from Sweden in their solar car, Natural Magic Energy, struck difficulties in the windy conditions, despite their damaged car they managed to record 1301 solar kilometres; and the team from Indonesia’s Intitut Teknologi Sepuluh Surabaya in their solar car Sapu Angin Surya drove 748 kilometres under solar power.  Event Director Chris Selwood congratulated all the teams saying the spirit of competition is just as important as the result.  “This is a truly unique event that brings people from diverse backgrounds and cultures together across the Australian outback. I look forward to our final day tomorrow, with our first ever street parade from 2pm followed by the Awards Ceremony and the announcement of the inaugural Cruiser Class winner,” he said.

For Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, activities at Hindmarsh Square will include:

  1. 38 solar car teams from 22 countries
  2. Hire a free Adelaide City Bike
  3. Adelaide Clean Drive – free test drive – some of the latest lowest emission production cars through the city streets
  4. Feast on Fork on the Road, from 12noon Sunday
  5. The world’s first solar car street parade, from 2pm Sunday starting in Hindmarsh Square and travelling through the city streets to Edwards park.

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7 October

Solar Decathlon 2013 Brings Future Solar House Designs

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My dear friends and fellow solar enthusiasts, it’s time for an update of another Solar Event, Solar Decathlon, taking place on the other side of the planet (Orange County Great Park, Irvine, CA). There are so much going on in the solar world that I wouldn’t mind cloning myself just to be able to cover all of these solar events in person. Where one area of technological limitation may be remedied by the strength of another.

Solar Decathlon 2013 of U.S. Department of Energy-Collegiate teams at Orange County Great Park, Irvine, CA (Credit: U.S. Department of Energy)

As mentioned in our Oct. 3, 2013 post, Solar Decathlon is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The Solar Decathlon Competition

In the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, collegiate teams design and build energy-efficient houses powered by the sun. These teams spend almost two years creating houses to compete in the 10 contests of the Solar Decathlon. The winning team produces a house that:

  • Is affordable, attractive, and easy to live in
  • Maintains comfortable and healthy indoor environmental conditions
  • Supplies energy to household appliances for cooking, cleaning, and entertainment
  • Provides adequate hot water
  • Produces as much or more energy than it consumes.

Learn more about the Solar Decathlon:

Or find out how your team can apply for the next Solar Decathlon.

In our next post, there will be series of photos from this event/contest.

For much much more photos of Solar Event coverage at Sun Is The Future, click on Sunisthefuture Photo Gallery& Sunisthefuture at Pinterest. For more videos, click on: sunisthefuture Youtube Channel. For more small businesses and projects assisted by Sun Is The Future, click on Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva. For more unique gift ideas with inspiring designs, click on Sunisthefuture Online Store (aka Sunshine Online Store). To help spread more sunshine across our planet earth, click on: Start A Community Solar Garden & Renewable-FIT For Sunshine State Petition.

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11 September

The First Chinese Solar Car at WSC, Sun Shuttle, From Beijing Institute of Technology

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I have to admit that I am very curious about the Chinese entry this year, for this is the first time EVER that there is an entrant from China participating in World Solar Challenge, in the Challenger Class. We earthlings every where have been quite aware of the attention, effort, and progress made in solar technology/industry by China in recent years. So, it is with great anticipation and curiosity that we await for the information on features of Sun Shuttle of  Beijing Institute of Technology from China. It will bring new ideas about new energy vehicle design through exploration and application of solar power generation technology while creating a clean living environment. China has great incentive in solving  problem both in area associated with pollution and solar PV markets, let’s keep our eyes on this emerging solar car, the upcoming Sun Shuttle !

Sun Shuttle, the First Chinese Entrant At World Solar Challenge, in 2013, From Beijing Institute of Technology

Let’s see…..

 

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